KROQ Weenie Roast y Fiesta - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine - 5/5/12
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
May 5, 2012
The Weenie Roast is always a great show for people who just want to be
entertained. You sit back, watch the giant platform on the main stage rotate
(no waiting time in-between sets!) and just take it all in. It's a fun,
boisterous, beer-spilling kind of crowd, so when you DO get beer spilled on
you, you just raise your glass and say "Cheers!"
This year -- its 20th -- the modern rock station once again held the festival at the Verizon Wireless in Irvine, and once again called it the Weenie Roast y Fiesta (it was Cinco de Mayo, after all). Surrounded by countless fans in Mexican hats boozing it up, I tried to imagine how the powers that be at KROQ planned their event: "We should pick bands who've been around since we started, to reinforce the idea that all of us -- the bands, the audience, KROQ -- grew up together in music."
And it was true; more than once I'd close my eyes and go back in time. Before smart phones, before social networking, before having information available to us 24/7, we worshipped all the acts on KROQ's bill.
|Andrew Youssef/OC Weekly|